What is IELTS?

To find a test date and register for the IELTS, click here.

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million tests taken in the last year and is accepted by over +9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Language Assessment. For more information please visit

NOTE: Please do NOT download paper registration forms from this, as they will not be accepted by us! Registration MUST be done online here

You can take IELTS Academic module or IELTS General Training module – depending on the organisation to which you are and your plans for the future.

If you are not an EU or EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) citizen and you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, please read this important information about the IELTS test for UK visa and Immigration proposes. 

Test fees

In 2017 the test fee is 2750 NOK.

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI)

Please click here for more information about UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). 

Important information if you are applying for a UK Visa 

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes.

If you are applying for a UK visa, you need to be aware of changes made by UKVI.

What are the changes?

•  IELTS for UKVI purposes can only be taken at an IELTS test location specifically authorised by UKVI, and taken under conditions specified by UKVI.

•  A new test, IELTS Life Skills, will be introduced for customers who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at levels A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Who are we?

We provide the IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills authorised testing locations, on behalf of the British Council UK test centre. The locations for this testing have been designated and approved by UKVI, and the full list of the testing location is available at Take IELTS. The test administration is managed by the British Council UK.

For more information and booking, please visit

Applying for Tier 4 student visa?

These changes do not affect you if you are applying to study at degree level or higher at a Higher Education Institution (HEI). UKVI have confirmed that HEIs currently choose their own method of testing students' English language ability and this will not change.All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. See for a list of test locations. Official list of British Universities and Colleges with Highly Trusted Sponsor Status/Tier 4 register of sponsor:

General Information

IELTS - the world's most popular test of English for higher education and global migration - has been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English. This continues the important role which IELTS has long played in language testing for immigration in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortium, which comprises British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

For further information on the IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration, you can write to the British Council at

Test modules

Test modules - Academic or General Training?

 I want to:

•  Study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level - IELTS Academic

•  Join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country - IELTS Academic

•  Train or study at below degree level - IELTS Academic

•  Work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country - IELTS General Training

•  Emigrate to an English-speaking country - IELTS General Training

Practice Materials

The Official IELTS Practice Materials is a collection of previous tests, and includes a complete Academic and a complete General Training IELTS test, with answer keys. Also included is a DVD with examples of the listening and speaking tests, allowing you to explore the entire  test in your own home.

The materials also feature answers and comments from IELTS examiners, to help give you an overview of what is expected of you when you take the test.  The Official IELTS Practice Materials are intended to give IELTS candidates an idea of what the test is like. They also give candidates the opportunity to test themselves to see whether their English is at the level required to succeed at the IELTS.

The Official IELTS Practice Materials can be bought in person at the IELTS office in Bergen or Oslo, or ordered online, for NOK 250. (NOK 400 for online orders, including postage and packing).